Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kurreki @ Seal Rocks : By Bourne Blue Architecture

Seal Rocks NSW, Australia
Bourne Blue Architecture

Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman
Seal Rocks is a small, unique village. Many existing dwellings are basic weatherbeaten fishing shacks, now mostly used for holidays. Named ‘Kurreki’, ('Bush Myrtle' in the Worimi language), the feel of the house is one of luxury camping. The intention was to build an uncomplicated holiday house, which could also be let out for rental income. The existing original cottages are slowly being lost as properties change hands, so the approach was to build in a way that retains the language of the existing built forms of Seal Rocks and to be respectful of context. 

Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman 
Design concept and solution: 
There is a gentle rise on the site to the rear and an outlook to the bush, front and rear. The Rural Fire Service placed a 10-meter setback to the rear, enforced a fire fence, and dictated that all the buildings in the street had to be partly flame zone and have level-three bushfire protection. The building is oriented toward the central space to minimize the amount of external glazing, thus reducing the amount of expensive bushfire treatments. It improves the sense of privacy and enclosure to the outdoor living area. The surrounding internal roof edge allows protected circulation under the eaves, reduces the built form, and blurs the indoor/outdoor transition. It also frames a sky view animated at night by the lighthouse beam passing overhead.
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman
The ability to close the outer perimeter makes all rooms able directly accessible to the central deck, allowing dwellers to sleep under mosquito nets with a view of the night sky. A wide shaded entry foyer is for storage of surfboards, hanging towels, and wetsuits, while a shower nearby reduces sand spreading throughout the house. 
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman 
Materials throughout relate to the context of the village, are economical, and corrosion resistant. The walls are lined with 9mm CFC cladding and aluminium channels, much like the existing buildings of fibro and cover batten. Locally milled blackbutt decking and custom orb roofing are other dominant materials that are consistent with the existing buildings in the region. Construction methods and detailing are intentionally basic. Steel is avoided and items such as the plastic external light fittings were chosen both for economy and long life. Floors are polished particleboard, all joinery uses formply as a finished face. The exterior colors are simple—grey and silver—while the interior is colorful, inspired by rockpools and neighbouring bush.
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett BoardmanA wet composting worm farm treats sewage, the roof feeds to 27,000 liters of water storage for domestic use, with an additional 15,000 for firefighting. For extra protection a pump supplies the fire-fighting sprinklers at roof and garden level with the domestic supply. Some of this lands on the roof, then recirculates, extending the protection time.
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman 
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman 
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman
Kurreki @ Seal Rocks
Photo © Brett Boardman 

Total construction cost: $275,000

 the People

Rachael Bourne and Shane Blue
Bourne Blue Architecture pty ltd
PO box 295,
NSW 2300
Ph 61 2 4929 1450
Fax 61 2 4927 1623
Rachael Bourne and Shane Blue
Interior designer:
Rachael Bourne
Tony Dockrill –
Izzat Consulting Engineers
Bourne Blue Architecture pty ltd
Bourne Blue Architecture pty ltd
General contractor:
Bruce Brown
Sugar Creek Building
Brett Boardman
61 2 9516 1656
CAD system, project management, or other software used:

the Products

Structural system
Concrete block base walls, timber framed floor walls and roof
Exterior cladding
Face concrete block basewall
EIFS, ACM, or other:
9mm compressed cement sheet
Custom orb colorbond corrugated metal sheeting
25 micron clear anodized aluminium windows
Clear toughened
Insulated-panel or plastic glazing:
Aircell insulation
Blackbutt lined entry door
Metal doors:
Glazed aluminium framed doors
Special doors (sound control, X-ray, etc.):
Zincalume steel roller shutters
Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Laminex benchtop to kitchen, all exposed joinery faced with concrete formply, no finish
Paints and stains:
Murobond pure acrylic paints
No tiling at all, blackbutt decking panel above waterproofed tray for wet areas, flat zincalume sheeting for wet area walls
Raised flooring:
Polished particleboard floor
Interior ambient lighting:
AA worm farms wet composting worm farm – this is the onsite sewer treatment system. There is 27000L of water storage to collect rainwater for the water supply. There is 15000L of water storage for firefighting.
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